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California lawmakers pass law inspired by Brock Turner case


"Sexually assaulting an unconscious or intoxicated victim is a bad crime and our laws need to reflect that", Dodd said.

Business Insider notes that Turner's scheduled release date is on September 2, which means that he will likely have spent only three months in prison after being found guilty of three counts of sexual assault.

The early release for Brock Turner, who will have served three months out of a six-month sentence, was widely expected when he was sentenced in June, owing to a lack of prior criminal history.

Assembly Bill 2888 was written by Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen and was passed on Monday in a unanimous bipartisan vote. Protestors have planned demonstrations outside the jail from where Turner, who was sentenced in June, will be released.

"I think he will not be a danger to others", Persky said.

Turner's early release is not necessarily unusual.




When signed into law, it will compel mandatory prison sentences for defendants convicted of rape instead of allowing judges to grant probation or lift sentences at their discretion. Jerry Brown's decision whether to sign it into law. Despite the fact that the defendant was eligible for a sentence of up to 14 years in prison, Judge Aaron Persky sentenced the defendant to 6 months in jail and 3 years' probation.

It is the outgrowth of the Brock Turner rape trial.

At the time, the sentence requiring Turner to register as a sex offender and spend six months in jail caused outrage and led to heated national debate.

The news of the protest this week comes as legislators in California have closed a loophole in sexual assault cases, to stop more lenient sentences being issued if the victim or survivor did not resist the assault.

Critics condemned the sentence from Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky as too lenient, leading to efforts to recall Persky and change sentencing laws for sexual assault.

Had the proposed law been in place during Turner's sentencing, Reuters notes he would have served a mandatory minimum of three years in jail.

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